Myths About Russia That Simply Aren’t True

You’ve probably heard a lot of “facts” about Russia that you assume to be true. They are irritating and sometimes even offensive. Don’t make the same mistake: These myths about Russia are just that – myths.

1. It’s Always Cold

Yes, Russia is one of the coldest countries in the world in the winter, with frosts of up to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) common in the Moscow area and getting even colder further North. However, a lot of regions in Russia also have incredibly warm summers, and very mild fall and spring seasons.

2. It’s Dangerous

Russia is not any more dangerous than any other big country! Of course, every city has its bad neighborhoods, and if you’re looking for trouble, you will always find it. However, if you abide by normal safety rules and don’t do anything illegal, you will not be in any more danger than you would be in New York or Paris. There ​is also a lot of police in Russia, which can be a different problem, but also means that it’s very safe on Russian streets.

3. Russians Are Alcoholics

Russians love alcohol in general, and vodka especially, but most of them are not alcoholics. Russians drink a lot but because of this, they have a very high alcohol tolerance! Yes, alcohol is present at almost every occasion in Russia, but this is a matter of custom and tradition – not alcoholism.

4. Russians Hate Americans

Russians actually love American trends, media, music, and culture. They tend to get access to these things later than the rest of the Western world – the first Starbucks in Russia did not appear until 2007 – but they appreciate them even more. Starbucks, for example, is outrageously popular in Russia.

5. “Na Zdorov’ye!”

When raising a glass with a group of Russian people, do not say “Na zdorov’ye!”. This is not a toast; it’s something Russian people say when somebody thanks them for a nice meal. Although Russian people make toasts with practically every sip of a drink, they usually say a unique toast every time, e.g. “To our friendship!”. If you want to make a toast in Russia, stick with “За Вас!” (Za vas!), which means “To you!” and is very acceptable.

6. It’s Impossible, Difficult, And/Or Expensive to Travel There

Splendid news! Tourists and businessmen from 53 countries will be able to visit St Petersburg on a simplified FREE electronic visa starting 1st October 2019! So dont hesitate to contact us for arranging your visit to such a beautiful city with us! You will definetly enjoy your unforgettable stay in the most beautiful city of Russia!
Considering other cities – you still need apply for russian visa which is not difficult to get. Hotels in Russia and travel agencies will send you an invitation for a small fee, and the visa process itself consists of a couple of simple visits to your nearest Russian embassy.

7. Russians Are Racist

Russian people are actually very open-minded. They may not be aware of the polite way to talk about people from other cultures, but that does not mean that they have any malicious intent. In fact, they are usually curious about and happy to talk with visitors from other countries.

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